MA-PhD Program in Archaeology

The MA/PhD program in Archaeology focuses on the material culture of ancient Greece and Rome and is designed to prepare students for academic careers in Archaeology and related fields at the college/university level.

Expected time to degree: 2 years (MA) + 3 years (PhD) = 5 years total

A year of study at an outside institution (such as the American School of Classical Studies at Athens) is recommended for students at the PhD level and may add to their time-to-degree.

General Requirements

  • 72 total credit hours at the graduate (7000+) level, of which a minimum of 30 at MA level
  • 24 hours of required total MA hours in residence at MU, and at least two 9-hour semesters or three 6-hour semesters in an 18-month period in residence at PhD level
  • 12 hours of required total MA hours at the seminar (8000+) level, and 3 additional hours at PhD level
  • No more than 40% of required total MA hours in research, readings, and problems courses

N.B. Graduate students receiving financial support in the form of full-time (.5) assistantships are expected to register for 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework per semester until they pass their PhD comprehensive examinations. Thereafter, they may maintain “continuous enrollment” by enrolling in AMS 9090: Doctoral Dissertation Research (for credit 2 hours every Fall and Spring semester, 1 hour every Summer semester) until they complete the PhD degree.

Program-Specific Minimums & Requirements

Credit Hours

  • min. 30 hours (= 10 classes) in Archaeology, of which 15 (= 5 classes) at the seminar level
  • min. 12 hours (= 4 classes) in AMS Language/Literature coursework

Coursework

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AMS 7000: Introduction to Graduate Study

1 credit hour class required of all first-year AMS graduate students.

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Languages

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Intermediate proficiency in Greek and Latin

Proficiency must be demonstrated (by exam, coursework, or the equivalent) in one language at the MA level, the other at the PhD level.

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Reading proficiency in two (2) modern foreign languages (e.g., French, German, or Italian)

Proficiency must be demonstrated (by exam, coursework, or the equivalent) in one language at the MA level, the other at the PhD level.

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Theses, Committees, and Examinations

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MA Thesis: at discretion of advisory committee

Candidates may be asked to write an MA thesis by their advisory committee as a prerequisite to study at the PhD level. Should they do so, candidates will assemble a thesis committee consisting of two AMS faculty members and one Outside member. It is expected that thesis-writers will sign up for at least 3 credit hours of AMS 8090: Master’s Thesis Research in their second year of graduate study.

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MA Final Examination Options: a) thesis defense (if thesis option is granted) or b) oral examination

A final oral examination is given by a faculty committee selected by the student in consultation with the director of graduate studies. The examination will include a defense either of a thesis (if the candidate has been asked to write one) or of a compiled portfolio of seminar papers.

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Formation of Doctoral Program Committee

Successful completion of all MA degree requirements makes the candidate eligible to continue on to PhD work. Once candidates begin PhD work, they are expected to form a Doctoral Program Committee (DPC), consisting of one chair (from AMS), two members (from AMS), and at least one outside member (from outside AMS). This committee advises the candidate on coursework, comprehensive examinations, and doctoral thesis work at the PhD level.

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PhD Comprehensive Examinations

It is expected that candidates, having completed all course requirements, will take Comprehensive Examinations at the beginning of their second year at the PhD level. The Comprehensive Exams consist of two exams, which are written and then defended by oral examination: 1) Major Area; 2) Minor Area (see also PhD Comprehensive Exams). The content, format, and scheduling of these exams are arranged by the student in consultation with their DPC. Successful completion of these exams makes the candidate eligible to move on to the doctoral thesis-writing stage. It is expected that students will schedule a meeting with the DPC to discuss their plans for their dissertation thesis within a month of the completion of the comprehensive exams.

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PhD Thesis

The PhD Thesis (or Doctoral Dissertation) is a substantial piece of scholarly writing that usually takes PhD candidates about two years to complete. Once the candidate has completed the dissertation and the DPC approves its defense, an oral defense of the thesis is scheduled.

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PhD Thesis Defense
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